Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 27th, 2012

Hi Parents! We have been wrapped up in Seuss fun, but we also got back to our regular reading routine today. I wanted to put an alert out there–Today, while we were reading this week’s story “Mister Bones,” we found it to be a very daunting story. There are some difficult vocabulary words and concepts like “chasing rainbows”. Also, since we are having the fieldtrip on Friday, we will be testing on THURSDAY, MARCH 1, making it a short week. Our First Grade team did list this update on the newsletter, but wanted to make sure everyone knew. =)  Let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

SEE’s 2nd Grade adds another event for READ ACROSS AMERICA!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 25th, 2012

Room 104 goes SEUSS crazy!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 21st, 2012

It is that time of year–March 2nd will be Dr. Seuss’ birthday! As you may remember from December, I am a big fan of all things Seuss. We are super excited about the new “Lorax”  movie coming out. Our generous South Edmonson PTO is rewarding us with a school-wide field trip to see the movie ON Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Friday, March 2. I can’t wait! To celebrate, we have begun to study the good Dr. Seuss and will continue to read stories and do projects for the next two weeks. The kids and I have begun to decorate our door for the festivities. Here is a picture of our progress-more to come!

The National Education Association also celebrates March 2 as “Read Across America” day. This is an open invitation to allow anyone and everyone to come into classrooms and read a book. Room 104 will always participate in this activity! Last year, we had 17 readers visit our class to read.  I usually leave the day completely open, but with the field trip in the morning, we will only have after lunch. However, that is still plenty of time for all kinds of readers to visit. Please bring your favorite book, or borrow one of ours and come read to our class!

February Comes in Like a Lamb

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on February 5th, 2012

Well, Room 104 has really been enjoying the unseasonablly warm weather, it is nice to get to go out to recess everday in February! I must apologize for being absent the past couple of weeks. Since I change the “theme” of the this blog to the cute crayons, I inadvertanly deleted the login screen. Thanks to everyone who participated in “Jump Rope for Heart” last week. Any money can still be turned in this week.

Valentine’s Day parties will be next Tuesday, February 14 beginning at 1:30. You may begin sending in treats this week. I look forward to seeing everyone at the party. Thanks to all those parents who have already volunteered to send in something. I do appreciate your help!!

Valentine’s Day Party Sign-Up:

  • fruit- Talley
  • cupcakes-1. cake pops-Edwards
  • drinks-Brantley
  • candy-1. gummies-Lich 2. gummies-(C.) Johnson
  • punch-Ms. Monica
  • tablecloth
  • plates-Lich
  • napkins-Lich
  • cups

Here is a great recipie that I thought looked good for us to make, if anyone needs any suggestions. Please just send in one of the items. 

Recipe: Homemade Trail Mix ~ Valentine Snack

Ingredients

  • 4 cups miniature pretzels-Clemons
  • 4 cups Strawberry Yogurt Cherrios (or favorite cereal)-Clemons
  • 3 cups (1 box) Chocolate Teddy Grahams-Cook
  • 2 cups dried cherries or cranberries
  • 2 cups yogurt covered raisins
  • 2 cups Valentine M&Ms-Cook

Happy New Year! January 9-13

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on January 7th, 2012

Well, we made it through our first week back! Welcome to our new student, Nevaeh. Congratulations to our class for 50 days of perfect attendance. We were rewarded with a disco party on Friday. We also enjoyed the warm weather for a few extra minutes at the park. South Edmonson was represented at the Edmonson County High School Homecoming ceremonies last night by Evan Luke Gallagher, Jacob Wilson, Leah Ballance and Beth Elmore.  It has taken me all of this Saturday to rest and re-energize, but we will be ready for the busy week ahead.

Here’s what we are studying:  Reading-Unit 3.4 Frog and Toad  Spelling-words with ending -ed and words with pattern ‘ar’ Math-Chapter 4-Subtraction Strategies. We will test this week on Thursday. Science-The life-cycle of a frog and learning the differences between frogs and toads. Extra homework credit will be given to students who will research and write a fact about either of those topics.

I am looking forward to speaking with all of you at Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you have not signed up for a conference or are unsure of your time, please give me a call Monday and I will try to accommodate you. The schedule is mostly booked solid, but there are still a few times available. Report cards will be distributed to all who attend conferences or sent home Wednesday for those who do not. Please remember to sign one copy of the report card and return it in the envelope.

I have been planning upcoming events for the 100th Day of School (January 18th) and Valentines Day. Here is the sign up sheet for treats.

Valentine’s Day Party Sign-Up:

  • pizza
  • cupcakes
  • cookies
  • drinks
  • candy
  • punch-Ms. Monica
  • tablecloth
  • plates
  • napkins
  • cups

Hope everyone has a great week–see you on Tuesday!

Room 104 Reaches the (gasp!) Mid-Year Mark and CHRISTMAS WEEK!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on December 11th, 2011

Good evening on this cold Sunday. It is hard to believe, but we have made it to Christmas week at SEE. The Gallaghers finally got our tree up and decorated and I am basking in the lights and smells. I grew up celebrating Christmas with one, live tree and am happy to say have continued that tradition with my own little family. These traditions are what make Christmas so special.

Room 104 will not have a spelling or reading test this week, but we will be working hard on completing mid-year assessments so that report cards and parent-teacher conferences can be completed when we return from Winter Break. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, January 10th from 3:30-7:00 SAVE THE DATE! Report cards will be sent home with parents attending conferences, other students will receive them January 11th. We will talk in-depth about assessments and student progress. Too much business for my festive mood tonight, but I knew you would want to know as soon as possible.

We will be working on several projects this week. I am happy to report our last collective effort, the Grinches and “Whoville” on our door, won first place and a prize of $100 for our classroom account! Here are some things we need for this week: cheap apple sauce, cheap bottles of cinnamon, glitter, thin ribbon in red or green, gingerbread cookie cutter (to borrow), powdered sugar, graham crackers, tube pasta and more candy. I’m thinking gumdrops, candy canes (mini), anything still left from Halloween will be put to good use! If you have any of these, please send them in Monday or Tuesday. Otherwise, I will be spending our prize money on a  Wal-Mart trip!

I have had a lot of questions about what our class will do for a gift exchange and had a wonderful idea from a parent. I would like for our class to do a book exchange. If you would like your child to participate, please send in a wrapped book valued between   $5-10. The day of our party (Friday, December 16 at 1:30) we will draw names and exchange the books. I think is a new idea and will be fun for the kids. Of course, I think books are the best gifts of all!

Christmas Party Sign-Up:

  • cupcakes-1. cake pops-Edwards 2. C. Webb
    pizza-Vincent
    cookies-1. Talley 2. ________ 3. ________
    drinks– 1. Clemons 2. Allen  3. _________
    candy-1. chocolate covered strawberries-Lich 2. ________ 3. _______
    punch-Ms. Monica-I will make Wassail punch
    tablecloth, plates, napkins, and cups-Pearson (Hagan)

I would like to take this opportunity to say a warm thank you for all of your support. This entire blog is about what parents need to be sending in to school! As I have shared with many of you, I am adjusting to the duel role of being a teacher AND a parent of a Kindergartener. I am trying to practice being a good parent and am working hard to send in items, too!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far. This will be a fun and busy week, I hope to see all of you MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 4

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on December 4th, 2011

Thanks to all of the parents who came out on Saturday to support SEE Breakfast with Santa. We have such wonderful community and parental support. Thanks to all who helped make this another success for out PTO and our school.
The art project we have been working on is Whoville! We made Who houses out of milk cartons that went on our door as part of a door decorating contest, again sponsored by our PTO. The winner will be determined on Monday and will receive $100. I will let you know how we did. See photo for a close-up look.
I have had a lot of questions about what our class will do for a gift exchange and had a wonderful idea from a parent. I would like for our class to do a book exchange. If you would like your child to participate, please send in a wrapped book valued between
$5-10. The day of our party (Friday, December 16 at 1:30) we will draw names and exchange the books. I think is a new idea and will be fun for the kids. Of course, I think books are the best gifts of all!
Please don’t forget our angel. The sizes and details are on this week’s newsletter. Please remember all items must be returned by Wednesday so they may be wrapped and delivered to the FRC by Friday.
 Christmas Party Sign-Up:
  • cupcakes-1. cake pops-Edwards 2. C. Webb
    pizza-Vincent
    cookies-1. Talley 2. ______________ 3. _________________
    drinks– 1. Clemons 2. _______________ 3. _________________
    candy-1. chocolate covered strawberries-Lich 2. _______________ 3. __________________
    punch-Ms. Monica-I will make Wassail punch
    tablecloth, plates, napkins, and cups-Pearson (Hagan)

Ok, so that’s the door decoration, the gifts, the angel and the party supplies. I think we are on track for a great Christmas celebration! All this is getting me in the holiday spirit, I hope you are catching that spirit, too!

Thanksgiving gives us time for a Secret Art Project!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on November 19th, 2011

Hello Parents!
I was planning what Room 104 will be doing for the upcoming two-days and have come up with a top-sercret art project for us to work on together. I could use some help from parents by donating any left-over Halloween candy! The best things would be nerds, skittels, or any hard, colorful candies. Also need colorful cereals like Trix, Crunch Berries, and the new product Fruit Loop Straws. If you have any of these and could donate, please send to school tomorrow or Tuesday. Thanks so much and I can’t wait to share our finished project!!!!
PS here is a hint:

My Christmas Favorite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Party Sign-Up:

•cupcakes-1. cake pops-Edwards 2. C. Webb
pizza-Vincent
cookies-1. Talley 2. ______________ 3. _________________
drinks– 1. Clemons 2. _______________ 3. _________________
candy-1.______________ 2. _______________ 3. __________________
punch-Ms. Monica-I will make Wassail punch
tablecloth, plates, napkins, and cups-Hagan

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and here is to a wonderful week!

 

Week of Review-November 14 (and 21)

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on November 13th, 2011

Hello from Room 104! We would like to thank our visitors last week. We had several teams of administrators come visit every classroom and observe all grade levels. I am very proud of our class and our learning. We received glowing reviews and made our principal very proud!

We have been busy finishing up our Reading Unit 2 and will participate in end-of-unit assessments and some re-teaching and        re-assessments. We want to make sure all students have achieved learning targets before we move on. I use data from assessments to help drive our instruction. This could/will mean the reorganization of reading groups, station groups, and maybe even desk placement in our class.

We have adopted an angel for the holiday season! This is a program our school participates in every holiday season. Children in the program are S.E.E. students whose families are in need of holiday assistance.  Our angel is a girl, age 9. Here are her sizes:

  • coat-8, one donated
  • shirt-8, one donated
  • pants-9
  • dress-n/a
  • shoes-6
  • Toys-CareBares, Operation Game, anything Barbie–a Barbie House has been donated

Thanks to the family who has already kicked off this project! Please send all donations unwrapped to school before December 9. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will keep the list updated on this blog and on our Room 104 page on FaceBook. Thank you in advance for your help!

The angel has got me thinking about the upcoming holidays. I would  like to start an electronic sign-up sheet for our Christmas party. I am not one of those people who skip Thanksgiving, but I am also a planner!

  • cupcakes-1. cake pops-Edwards   2.__________________
  • cookies-1.______________  2. ______________   3. _________________
  • drinks- 1.______________  2. _______________   3. _________________
  • candy-1.______________  2. _______________   3. __________________
  • punch-Ms. Monica-I will make Wassail punch
  • tablecloth-___________________________________
  • cups-_______________________________________
  • plates-_______________________________________
  • napkins-_____________________________________

Thanks to everyone for your continued support. I hope everyone has a great week. Leave a comment!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN is upon us!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on October 26th, 2011

This week’s study will include these LEARNING TARGETS:

I can spell words with long o and silent e                 

I can read contractions with n’t, ‘ll and ‘m .

Students are required to learn to spell the list of words AND also apply the o__e (CVCe) pattern to read new words. Look for a list of words to practice reading in addition to the spelling word list on the newsletter. Our text book story will be The Big Circle and will feature the kid-friendly topic, dinosaurs.

I can use addition strategies.

We will begin GO MATH! Chapter 3 this week. Look for daily work and ensure that your child is understanding new concepts.

Our class theme for Halloween is “spiders.” Students have been working on learning and writing spider facts. We have completed our two spider crafts and  are ready for a celebration on Friday. So far, we have one bag of candy sticks, cake pops and mini-cupcakes promised. If you would like to post what you would like to contribute, others can see what we have and what we still need for the party.

I appreciate all the wonderful support of our class. If you are reading this blog, please leave a comment or just leave your name! I would appreciate any feedback! Thanks!